Kremlin: With tanks in Kyiv there will be negative consequences
The conflict in Ukraine is escalating, the danger of a direct NATO intervention is growing: the Kremlin is warning of the negative consequences of the decision to supply heavy tanks to Ukraine. This was stated by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Tass.
Zelenskyy: We’ll need tanks soon
“We do not have time. It matters Time is a crucial factor. We must act quickly.” This was stated by the Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the opening of the Ukraine meeting in Ramstein. “We need defense and battle tanks,” he urged. “Every weapon counts,” he added.
Crosetto in Ramstein for the meeting of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine
secretary of defense Guido Crosettoarrived in Germany attend the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group meeting in Ramstein. The meeting, according to the ministry, “will be attended by representatives from over 40 countries, from NATO and the European Union and even from outside Europe, to discuss the development of the conflict in Ukraine and to appeal to the support of the Ukrainian people in the face of it to some of the aggression Russian”.
Pentagon: Ukraine has the right to retake Crimea
“Ukraine has every right to retake Crimea, which is an integral part of the country.” This was stated by Pentagon deputy spokeswoman Sabrina Singh during a briefing, stressing that “the United States will support the Ukrainians by any means and with any weapons in retaking their territories”.
Intelligence GB: 50,000 Wagner mercenaries in Ukraine
The Wagner mercenary group, numbering as many as 50,000 fighters in Ukraine, has become a key component of the conflict and is likely aimed at maximizing the goal of its founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and further legitimizing the increasingly high-profile organization. This was announced by the secret service of the British Ministry of Defense in a post on Twitter. Prigozhin, who only admitted in September 2022 to founding Wagner and opening an official office in St. Petersburg a month later, is very close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Zelenskyy thanks Biden and Americans for new weapons package
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy today thanked US President Joe Biden and the American people for renewed commitments of $2.5 billion in security assistance. “Thank you for providing another powerful defense support package worth $2.5 billion,” Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter. «Stryker IFVs, additional Bradley APCs, Avenger Air Defense Systems are an important help in our fight against the attacker. Thank you to the U.S. people for their continued support.” The Pentagon announced the package Thursday, which includes the first-ever Stryker armored personnel carriers and several Bradley fighting vehicles to be used against a possible Russian offensive in Ukraine this spring could.
Kyiv: Russian attacks in Zaporizhia and Donbass repelled
In the last 24 hours, the Ukrainian army repelled Russian attacks in the area of 16 settlements in the Donbass and Zaporizhia regions. This was stated in the morning report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as reported by UNIAN. «Last day, units of the Defense Forces repelled the invaders’ attacks in the areas of the settlements of Novoselivske and Bilogorivka in the Lugansk region; Verkhnyokamianske, Krasnopolivka, Soledar, Krasna Gora, Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Diliivka, Vodyane, Maryinka , Pobyeda, Novosilka in the Donetsk region and Mala Tokmachka and Stepove in Zaporizhia,” writes the General Staff. Exiled Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko announced on Telegram that four civilians were killed and three others injured in the Donetsk region yesterday.
Kyiv: Russia prepares secret mobilization in Crimea
The Russian Federation is preparing for a secret mobilization in Crimea, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine writes on its Facebook page, quoted by UNIAN. «In the temporarily occupied areas of Crimea, Russia is preparing a secret mobilization. In particular, in the city of Sevastopol, summonses to the military commissariats for IT specialists, financial specialists and other technicians have begun,” the post said. A partial mobilization was announced by President Vladimir Putin on September 21 last year. According to Defense Minister Sergii Shoigu, it was planned to mobilize around 300,000 people.
Washington Post: The director of the CIA was secretly in Kyiv
The director of CIA, William J Burns At the end of last week, he secretly traveled to the Ukrainian capital to communicate with the president Volodymyr Zelenskyy his predictions about the conflict and Russia’s military plans for the coming weeks and months. The news was broken by a US official and other sources familiar with the content of the visit, quoted by The Washington Post. The most important thing for Zelenskyy and the top Ukrainian intelligence officials attending the meeting was to understand how long Ukraine can count on continued aid from the United States, where Republicans have regained control of the House of Representatives, in the face of a decline, and provide support for the Assistance to Ukraine in some sectors of the electorate, informs the newspaper, citing sources consulted. “Director Burns traveled to Kyiv, where he met with fellow Ukrainian intelligence officers and President Zelenskyy and reiterated our continued support for Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression,” a US official said.
Burns is a well-respected figure in Zelenskyy’s circle, in part for his warning in January that Russian forces would attempt to seize Antonov Airport northwest of the Ukrainian capital in the early stages of the invasion. His personally delivered message, based on a US intelligence assessment, is said to have helped Ukraine prepare to defend the airport, depriving Russia of a foothold needed to capture Kiev. Burns’ skeptical view of Russia’s willingness to negotiate also made him particularly popular with Zelenskyi’s advisers, angered by suggestions that Kyiv should consider talks with the Russians to end the conflict. “Most conflicts end in negotiations, but that requires a seriousness from the Russians that I don’t think we see here,” Burns said last month. “At least we don’t think the Russians are serious about a real negotiation at this point.” A CIA spokesman declined to elaborate on what Burns told Zelenskyy about Russia’s military planning, the US newspaper said.